Wednesday, May 4, 2011
The story of a girl who could keep a secret
Have you ever sat down to post on something, but didn't have a great story to share about it? No story about the thrill of the hunt, nor about the transformation. The piece just simply happened. Yes, as with nearly all pieces for me, it was difficult in deciding exactly what to do, but nothing note worthy. All the original hardware was there. Though a little on the rusty side, it wasn't anything a good scrubbing, primer & paint couldn't fix. It also had some veneer damage, like nearly everything I pick up, but it I worked on it and patched it up seamlessly. It weighs a TON and had to be moved numerous times due to weather and priming. I am so blessed to have a strapping young Son Cottage and Mr. Cottage to help! But other than that...nada!
She's a beautiful SOLID vanity, that came together fairly easy, and now sits in my shop. So I guess you could say the story of this beautiful little vanity, is there is no story! Or at least a story that I know of. I'm sure in the 80+ years of life she has lived, she could fill a series of novels! Oh the stories she could share!
Perhaps one of her stories is about how her corner on the center apron was broken off. A previous owner cherished it enough to piece it back together with a square head nail. In one of her travels from owner to owner, the piece had fallen off again. Each owner seemed to understand the importance of the broken piece, and lovingly placed it in the center drawer. For years it waited patiently to be reunited with the apron. The previous owners must have been discouraged with the daunting task of fixing the veneer. I understand this, but embrace the challenge. Surprisingly, it stayed in that center drawer until I got her.
When I brought her to my studio, I gingerly removed the nail and pieced her back together. I spent several hours carving and layering different veneers to replace the damaged veneer. Once it was near perfect, I filled and sanded the seams and nail holes. I then restored her beauty with a fresh coat of paint and gave her a massage of wax to brighten up her curves. She is stunning! Most importantly, her life will continue for many more years as she is an heirloom with timeless beauty and grace. She will hold the secret stories of her past and create new stories in her new home.
So, there is a story after all. It's the story of a girl who could keep a secret.
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P.S. So sorry for the limited and not so good photo...it was a whirl wind of a day and this is the only shot I got of her!
Posted by My Secret Life in Lilly at 10:05 AM